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Paint, sell, or throw?

This post was inspired by a couple of events. First, I was looking through old articles on this blog (as you do), when I cam across the Pile of Shame post from 2014. Even then, I’d had these boxes for a few years, most of them date from 2010 and a purchasing frenzy at a wargames convention. Here’s the pile in question as it was then:


In the years since that post I have painted none of these models. Zero.

I decided that it is time to call time on some of these models which may never be painted. The second event that spurred this decision is an upcoming convention in my town with a secondhand stall. I’ve downloaded their registration form, acquired a pile of plastic boxes, and now I’m looking through old boxes and miniatures.

Do I want to keep (and paint) them, sell them, or just throw them in the bin? Here’s a selection:

Praetorian Guard


I bought the collectable box set way back in the 1990s. It would have been 1999 actually, the year after I got married. This year I’m celebrating my 20th anniversary and taking a long look at these still-unpainted models.

Some of the models have painted on them, and they are all assembled. However it is with a heavy heart that I must concede that these models won’t be getting painted.

Verdict: sell

Dropzone Commander UCM starter box

This one even appears on my projects list, so sure was I that this was the game for me.


But no. The models remain in the box, and even if I changed my mind, I would prefer the new hard plastic starter models available today over the resin and metal models in this box. Nice figures, nice game, but not for me. Perhaps it’s for someone else though?

Verdict: sell 

Apocalypse survivors

Wargames Factory don’t make the highest quality of models out there, but these two boxes represent some of their better work.

apocalypse survivors

I even managed to assemble 10 of the women figures. However I don’t have a game for these, and while I had some game designs in mind, ultimately these have languished on the shelf since purchase. Time to pass them along.

Verdict: sell

Mystery Dark Elf sprue


The mystery is how I acquired these. This sprue represents half a box of Black Ark Raiders, back when they were sold in boxes of 20. I didn’t buy the box, but I clearly picked up this sprue in a trade at some point.

My best guess is that I intended to make a Dark Elf team for Blood Bowl with these figures plus a couple of Witch Elves. I have no Witch Elves.

However, the cloaks and other bits on this sprue look great, so I’m going to hang on to these for now.

Verdict: keep

Hobbits on ponies

One reason for the spending frenzy I mentioned earlier was the presence of Lord of the Rings miniatures at 40% off retail. Among the selection was this scenario in a box, covering what happens in the book when the four hobbits return to The Shire.


As you can see, I have yet to even crack the seal, 8 years on from purchase. However I have a soft spot for the range of Lord of the Rings miniatures, and I cannot bring myself to part with these.

Verdict: paint


I’m just scratching the surface of my unpainted models with the above selection. There’s bound to be more to come.

7 comments on “Paint, sell, or throw?

  1. Bookstooge
    April 15, 2018

    Simplify, simplify, simplify!

    Put ALL the games into the bin and let them become someone else’s problem 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Particlebit
    April 16, 2018

    Those Praetorians look awesome. But I agree with trying to clear out this stash. Out with the old in with the new!

    Liked by 2 people

    • davekay
      April 16, 2018

      Well yes, any money raised from sales will almost certainly be spent on new models!


  3. backtothehammer
    April 18, 2018

    The Praetorians are my favourite IG. It has to be a throwback to Zulu though.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Azazel
    April 19, 2018

    So tempted to ask what you’re asking for those Praetorians, but then you’re probably better off selling them locally.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      April 19, 2018

      Aren’t we both in Brisbane? I was planning to sell these at Bris Con in a couple of weeks


      • Azazel
        April 19, 2018

        Nah, I’m in Melbourne. I’m not sure who else is in Brissy?

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